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Top 25 Soundtracks of the 1980’s

The ’80s had their fair share of movie blockbusters, cheesy films and of course great soundtracks. We have compiled our top 25 soundtracks of this most awesome decade. However, instead of rating each ’80s movie soundtrack, they are listed by the year they were released. You wouldn’t want us to play favorites would you?

1.) Fame, 1980

Fame - Original Motion Picture SoundtrackFame is the original soundtrack of the 1980 Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning film Fame starring Irene Cara, Lee Curreri, Paul McCrane and Laura Dean. The original score was composed by Michael Gore.

The score won the Academy Award for Best Music – Original Score. It was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music and a Grammy Award.

The songs “Out Here On My Own” and “Fame” were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, with the latter one winning the award.

2.) Fast Times At Ridgemont High, 1982

Fast Times At Ridgemont High Original SoundtrackThe soundtrack album, Fast Times at Ridgemont High: Music from the Motion Picture, peaked at #54 on the Billboard album chart. The soundtrack contains many quintessential 1980s rock artists.

Several of the movie’s songs were released as singles, including Jackson Browne’s “Somebody’s Baby”, which reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Other singles were the title track by Sammy Hagar, “So Much in Love” by Timothy B. Schmit and “Waffle Stomp” by Joe Walsh. In addition to Schmit and Walsh, the album features solo tracks by two other members of the Eagles, Don Henley and Don Felder. The soundtrack also included “I Don’t Know (Spicoli’s Theme)” by Jimmy Buffett.

3.) Flashdance, 1983

FlashdanceThe film’s two singles feature on the album, “Flashdance…What a Feeling” by Irene Cara and “Maniac” by Michael Sembello. Both these singles peaked at #1 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

The track “Romeo” by Donna Summer was released as a promo video to MTV  prior to the film’s release, composed only of outtakes from the film. However, the song was not released to radio as Summer was on the verge of releasing her 1983 album, She Works Hard for the Money, and the title track was already becoming a major hit.

The Flashdance LP was massively successful, selling over 6 million copies in the U.S. and 1 million in Japan.

4.) Valley Girl, 1983

Valley Girl SoundtrackMany of the songs were minor chart hits in 1982–1983. Josie Cotton’s “Johnny, Are You Queer?” was a regional hit in Southern California in 1981, reaching #5 on KROQ’s Top 106 of the year and “He Could Be the One” from her album Convertible Music had reached #74 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982. The song heard over the opening credits is “Girls Like Me” from Bonnie Hayes’ 1982 album Good Clean Fun, which “bubbled under” the Billboard 200 album chart at #206. The Plimsouls’ “A Million Miles Away” and the Payolas’ “Eyes of a Stranger” were moderate hits in 1982, reaching #11 and #22, respectively, on Billboard’s Top Tracks chart. “I Melt with You” by Modern English reached #78 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1983.

The end credits show songs by The Clash, Culture Club, Bananarama and The Jam, however, those songs aren’t heard in the film. After the film was completed, problems arose in acquiring the music rights and substitute songs had to be dubbed in. Altogether, the music rights cost $250,000 on top of the film’s original $350,000 budget.

5.) Sixteen Candles, 1984

Sixteen Candles SoundtrackSixteen Candles is a coming-of-age film starring Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling and Anthony Michael Hall. The film was written and directed by John Hughes.

The original soundtrack was released as a specially priced mini album containing only 5 songs. However, the movie actually featured an extensive selection of over 30 songs.

In 2005, Ringwald was reported to be producing a sequel to the film, however as of March 2010, Ringwald stated that she thought it was not a good idea to do remakes of great classic films. As much as a sequel sounds interesting, we’re glad they won’t be making a sequel!

6.) Purple Rain, 1984

Purple Rain SoundtrackPurple Rain is a musical film directed by Albert Magnoli and written by Magnoli and William Blinn. Prince  makes his film debut in this movie, which was developed to showcase his particular talents. The film grossed over $80 million at the box office and became a cult classic.

The film is tied into the album of the same name, which spawned three chart-topping singles: the opening number “Let’s Go Crazy”, “Purple Rain”, and “When Doves Cry”. The movie won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score, the last time this award has been given. The soundtrack sold over 10 million copies in America alone, and 20 million worldwide.

7.) Footloose, 1984

Footloose SoundtrackFootloose is an American musical-drama film that tells the story of Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon), an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town where, thanks to the town’s uptight reverend (John Lithgow), dancing and rock music have been banned.

The film is loosely based on events that took place in the small, rural, and religious community of Elmore City, Oklahoma.

The soundtrack was released in cassette, 8-track tape, vinyl, and CD  format. The soundtrack was also re-released on CD for the 15th anniversary of the film in 1999. The re-release included four new songs: “Bang Your Head (Metal Health)” by Quiet Riot, “Hurts So Good” by John Mellencamp, “Waiting for a Girl Like You” by Foreigner, and the extended 12″ remix of “Dancing in the Sheets”.

8.) Beverly Hills Cop, 1984

Beverly Hills Cop SoundtrackBeverly Hills Cop is an American action-comedy film directed by Martin Brest and starring Eddie Murphy, Lisa Eilbacher, John Ashton, Judge Reinhold, and Ronny Cox. Murphy stars as Axel Foley, a street-smart Detroit cop who heads to Beverly Hills, California, to solve the death of his best friend.

The soundtrack won a Grammy Award for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special (1986). The instrumental-only title tune “Axel F” is very recognizable and has since been covered by numerous artists. The soundtrack was mastered by Greg Fulginiti, and would feature different artists plus electronic style music.

9.) Ghostbusters, 1984

Ghostbusters SoundtrackThe film’s theme song, “Ghostbusters”, written and performed by Ray Parker Jr, sparked the catchphrases “Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!” and “I ain’t afraid of no ghost.” The song was a huge hit, staying #1 for three weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and #1 for two weeks on the Black Singles chart. The song earned Parker an Academy Award nomination for “Best Original Song”. According to Bruce A. Austin (in 1989), this theme “purportedly added $20 million to the box office take of the film”.

The music video produced for the song became a #1 MTV video. Directed by Ivan Reitman, produced by Jeffrey Abelson, and conceptualized by Keith Williams, the video integrated footage of the film intercut with a humorous performance by Parker. The video also featured cameo appearances by celebrities who joined in the call-and-response chorus, including Chevy Chase, Irene Cara, John Candy, Nickolas Ashford, Melissa Gilbert, Jeffrey Tambor, George Wendt, Al Franken, Danny DeVito, Carly Simon, Peter Falk, and Teri Garr. The video ends with footage of the four main Ghostbusters actors in costume and character, dancing in Times Square behind Parker, joining in the singing.

10.) The Breakfast Club, 1985

The Breakfast Club SoundtrackFew could challenge John Hughes in 1980s teen coming-of-age flicks. This brat-pack extravaganza boasts the anthemic “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds, a hit so large it vaulted them into the collective consciousness.

The rest of it is more disposable. Elizabeth Daily (aka E.G.) was a kindred spirit of Pia Zadora in that people kept trying to make her famous, although in retrospect it’s hard to figure out why. The Karla DeVito track “We Are Not Alone” still wears well, although it may be because it’s synonymous with some great imagery from the movie. Producer Keith Forsey went on to work with Billy Idol and Charlie Sexton with mixed results.

11.) St. Elmo’s Fire, 1985

St. Elmo's Fire SoundtrackThe song “Give Her a Little Drop More,” which plays during the movie when the characters enter St. Elmo’s Bar & Restaurant, was written by British jazz trumpeter John Chilton.

“St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)” hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for two weeks in September 1985, and “Love Theme from St. Elmo’s Fire” (the instrumental theme to the movie by David Foster) reached #15. Another version of the “Love Theme from St. Elmo’s Fire” with lyrics, titled For Just a Moment was performed by Amy Holland and Donny Gerrard, and was included as the final song on the soundtrack album.

12.) Vision Quest, 1985

Vision Quest SoundtrackVision Quest is another ’80s coming of age drama starring Matthew Modine, Linda Fiorentino and Ronny Cox. It is based on the novel of the same name by author Terry Davis. In some countries it was released as Crazy For You to market on Madonna’s emerging fame and the popularity of the song. The movie was filmed in Spokane, Washington, in 1984.

Modine plays a Spokane high school wrestler who falls in love with an older woman, an aspiring artist from New Jersey on her way to San Francisco.

The film includes an appearance by Madonna, her first in a major motion picture, playing a singer at a local bar, where she performs the songs “Crazy for You” and “Gambler”.

13.) Back To The Future, 1985

Back to the Future SoundtrackThe original 1985 soundtrack album only included two tracks culled from Silvestri’s compositions for the film, both Huey Lewis tracks, the songs played in the film by Marvin Berry and the Starlighters (and Marty McFly), one of the vintage 1950s songs in the movie, and two pop songs that are only very briefly heard in the background of the film. On November 24, 2009, an authorized, limited-edition 2-CD set of the entire score was released by Intrada Records.

The movie features an Eddie Van Halen guitar track which Marty uses to convince George to ask Lorraine to the Enchantment Under the Sea dance.

14.) Rocky 4, 1985

Rocky IV SoundtrackThe soundtrack for the movie included “Living in America” by James Brown; the film’s music was composed by Vince DiCola (who also composed the soundtrack for The Transformers: The Movie that same year), and also included songs by John Cafferty (featuring Vince DiCola), Survivor, Kenny Loggins, and Robert Tepper.

Go West wrote “One Way Street” for the movie by request of Sylvester Stallone. Europe’s hit “The Final Countdown”, written earlier in the decade by lead singer Joey Tempest, is often falsely stated as being featured in the film – no doubt due to its similarity to DiCola’s “Training Montage.” However, Europe’s track was not released as a single until late 1986.

15.) Top Gun, 1986

Top Gun SoundtrackThe Top Gun soundtrack is one of the most popular soundtracks to date, reaching #1 on The Billboard Top Pop Albums chart for five weeks. Harold Faltermeyer, who previously worked with both Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson on the films Flashdance and Beverly Hills Cop, was sent the script of Top Gun by Bruckheimer before filming began.

Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock worked on numerous songs including the Oscar winning #1 “Take My Breath Away” and “Danger Zone”. Kenny Loggins performed two songs on the soundtrack, “Playing With the Boys”, and “Danger Zone”. Berlin recorded the song “Take My Breath Away”, which would later win numerous awards, sending Berlin to international acclaim.

16.) Pretty In Pink, 1986

Pretty In Pink SoundtrackThe first track, “If You Leave” by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, was written in 1985 in advance specifically for the movie. In addition to their song “Shellshock”, New Order also had the “Thieves Like Us” instrumental and “Elegia” appear in the movie but not on the soundtrack. The Rave-Ups, who do appear in the movie performing “Positively Lost Me” and “Rave-Up/Shut-Up” from their Town and Country, do not have any songs on the soundtrack. Nik Kershaw’s “Wouldn’t It Be Good” appears as re-recorded by former Three Dog Night vocalist Danny Hutton’s band, Danny Hutton Hitters.

The movie also includes the Otis Redding song, “Try a Little Tenderness,” which actor Jon Cryer’s character “Duckie” lipsyncs to in the film, and The Association song, “Cherish,” though the songs do not appear on the official soundtrack.

17.) Down And Out In Beverly Hills, 1986

Down and Out in Beverly Hills SoundtrackDown and Out in Beverly Hills is based on the French play Boudu sauvé des eaux, which had previously been adapted on film in 1932 by Jean Renoir. Down and Out in Beverly Hills was directed by Paul Mazursky, and starred Nick Nolte, Bette Midler and Richard Dreyfuss.

The film is about a rich but dysfunctional couple who save the life of a suicidal bum.

Flamboyant musician Little Richard  also makes an appearance, and contributed the song “Great Gosh a’Mighty” to the soundtrack. The song’s success led to a revitalization of his career.

18.) Dirty Dancing, 1987

Dirty Dancing SoundtrackDirty Dancing is the original soundtrack of the 1987 film Dirty Dancing. The album became a huge commercial success in the USA.

It spent 18 weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 album sales charts and went multi-platinum.

Dirty Dancing’s soundtrack spawned a follow-up album entitled More Dirty Dancing (1988). Produced by Jeff McCullough, the album went on to sell 42 million copies worldwide and is one of the best-selling albums of all time.

19.) Less Than Zero, 1987

Less Than Zero SoundtrackLess Than Zero soundtrack was released through Def Jam Recordings and consisted of a variety of music genres, including hard rock, pop rock, hip hop, heavy metal and contemporary R&B, with most of the album being produced by Rick Rubin. The soundtrack found success, peaking at #31 on the Billboard 200 and #22 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and was certified gold on February 8, 1988.

Four singles made it to the Billboard charts. The Black Flames cover of “Are You My Woman (Tell Me So)” and Public Enemy’s “Bring the Noise” were minor hits on the R&B charts, but LL Cool J’s “Going Back to Cali” and The Bangles cover of “A Hazy Shade of Winter” fared better, making it to #31 and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 respectively.

20.) Some Kind Of Wonderful, 1987

Some Kind Of Wonderful SoundtrackUnlike most ’80s soundtracks offer collections of radio-friendly hits from haircut bands, the Some Kind of Wonderful  soundtrack features quirky non-hits from bands like the Jesus & Mary Chain, Flesh for Lulu, and the Apartments.

This delightfully non-mainstream soundtrack features Stephen Duffy’s “Lonesome,” the March Violets’ unforgettable cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Miss Amanda Jones,” and Pete Shelley’s “Do Anything.” The highlight of the CD is unquestionably Lick the Tins’ gravel-voiced, tin-whistle-driven cover of “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” Just listening to this CD can throw you into a John Hughes nostalgia tailspin that you may not want to come out of.

21.) Beverly Hills Cop 2, 1987

Beverly Hills Cop 2 SoundtrackThe film’s soundtrack CD released by MCA Records includes only a different song entitled “Hold On,” sung by Corey Hart. This song has different music and slightly altered lyrics. The movie introduced George Michael’s controversial song “I Want Your Sex”. It also includes “Cross My Broken Heart” by The Jets and “Shakedown” by Bob Seger which became a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as “Better Way” performed by James Ingram.

The soundtrack debuted #8 on the Billboard charts and spent 26 weeks on the charts, a far cry compared to the 49 weeks the soundtrack for the first Beverly Hills Cop. Despite this, one song from the album, “Shakedown” was nominated for on Oscar and the Golden Globe for Best Original Song. However, another song from the album “I Want Your Sex” was nominated for the Razzie Award for Worst Song.

22.) The Lost Boys, 1987

The Lost Boys SoundtrackThomas Newman wrote the original score as an eerie blend of orchestra and organ arrangements, while the music soundtrack contains a number of notable songs and several covers, including “Good Times”, a duet between INXS and former Cold Chisel lead singer Jimmy Barnes which reached No. 1 on the Australian charts in early 1987.

The soundtrack also features a cover version of The Doors’ song “People are Strange” by Echo & the Bunnymen. The song as it featured in the movie is an alternate, shortened version with a slightly different music arrangement.

Lou Gramm, the famed lead singer of Foreigner, also recorded “Lost in the Shadows” for the soundtrack, along with a video which featured clips from the film.

23.) La Bamba, 1987

La Bamba SoundtrackBecause the movie is a celebration of 1950s rock & roller Ritchie Valens, his music, and the music of his contemporaries play a central part in the film.

An original motion picture soundtrack album was released on June 30, 1987 on Warner Bros. Records. The album contained 12 tracks. The first six songs consist of Los Lobos covers of Ritchie Valens’ songs: “La Bamba”, “Come On Let’s Go”, “Ooh My Head”, “We Belong Together”, “Framed”, and “Donna”.

Other performers include: Howard Huntsberry, Marshall Crenshaw, Brian Setzer, and Bo Diddley performing a new version of his blues classic “Who Do You Love?”

24.) Cocktail, 1988

Cocktail SoundtrackThe four-million-selling summer party album of 1988, featuring the #1 hits “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin and “Kokomo” by The Beach Boys, plus radio hits by Starship, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, the Georgia Satellites, and John Cougar Mellencamp.

Cocktail is a romantic drama film released by Touchstone Pictures in 1988. Directed by Roger Donaldson, the film is based on the book of the same name by Heywood Gould, who also wrote the screenplay. It stars Tom Cruise as a talented and ambitious bartender who aspires to working in business and finds love with Elisabeth Shue while working at a bar in Jamaica. The original music score was composed by Maurice Jarre.

25.) Say Anything…, 1989

Say Anything... SoundtrackSay Anything… is a 1989 romance film written and directed by Cameron Crowe. It was Crowe’s directorial debut. In 2002, Entertainment Weekly ranked Say Anything… as the greatest modern movie romance, and it was ranked number 11 on Entertainment Weekly’s list of the 50 best high-school movies.

The Say Anything… soundtrack includes tracks “All for Love” by Nancy Wilson, “Cult Of Personality” by Living Colour, “One Big Rush” by Joe Satriani, “You Want It” by Cheap Trick, “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel, “Stripped” by Depeche Mode among others.

Roger Ebert called the movie “one of the best films of the year — a film that is really about something, that cares deeply about the issues it contains — and yet it also works wonderfully as a funny, warmhearted romantic comedy.”

Other 80’s movie soundtracks worth mentioning but didn’t make the cut were: The Karate Kid (1984) — Because we think Bananarama were hot, A Nightmare On Elm Street: Dream Warriors (1987) — Because Dokken is awesome, For Your Eyes Only (1981) — Because Sheena Easton is also hot, The Big Chill (1983) — Because it has many 60’s & 70’s R&B classics. However, sadly … no 80’s songs so it didn’t make our top 25, Stand By Me (1986) — Another one with a bunch of classic songs (the 50’s this time), Good Morning Vietnam (1987) — One more with another great classic (pre-80’s) soundtrack. Ok, ok. So this list can go on and on but we’re going to stop it here and leave you with our favorite 80’s soundtrack song.

Catch up on your 80’s news with a few eighties inspired articles around the web

’80s sitcom actor Rick Schroder, family man

Ricky Schroder stole our hearts in the ’80s TV sitcom “Silver Spoons” as the rich kid we all loved. Now 40, Rick has outgrown the child star persona — and the “y” — and appeared in shows such as “NYPD Blue,” “Lonesome Dove” and “24.” Rick is also a dedicated family man, having been married to Andrea for 20 years. Together, they have four kids: Holden, 18, Luke, 17, Cambrie, 13, and Faith Anne, 9. Rick opened up about his personal evolution, Holden’s traumatic head injury, the nonstop cooking and cleaning it takes to raise four kids, and their one-year adventure in Spain. Continue reading →

Published by Jenny Schafer, McClatchy-Tribune

Nadine Coyle ‘didn’t intend ’80s sound’

Nadine Coyle has insisted that she didn’t mean to create an ’80s sound on her new album Insatiable.

The singer said that she was not influenced by music from the decade and put the comparisons down to the record’s “live” sound.

“I didn’t pick the ’80s at all. I was born in the ’80s, so it’s not a particular time that I even remember well!” she told Bang Showbiz. Continue reading →

Published by Robert Copsey, Music Reporter – Digital Spy

The Frisky’s take on writing six 80’s Movie Sequels via ABC News

Wall Street 2,” the sequel to the ’80s tome about unfettered greed, “Wall Street,” opens this weekend. I never saw the first “Wall Street”—I was in elementary school when it came out and still think a hedge fund is money you save to buy new shrubbery—so I’ll probably skip “Wall Street 2.” But! There are a bunch of movie sequels we Frisky gals would love to make a reality. And it’s just a matter of time before some uncreative studio jumps on these sure-to-be-hit film ideas! Movie moguls, call us!

“The Breakfast Club”
In this sequel to 1985’s “The Breakfast Club,” titled “The Brunch Club,” we catch up with the five lovable misfits who starred in the original. Nerd Brian (Anthony Michael Hall) is now unhappily married to Claire (Molly Ringwald) and is an internet kazillionaire. Misfit Allison (Ally Sheedy) and John (Judd Hirsch) are recently divorced. The two couples reunite upon finding out that their jock “Breakfast Club” buddy Andrew (Emilio Estevez) has fallen on hard times after not getting his college football scholarship. Continue reading →

Published by Julie Gerstein – The Frisky

‘Greed Is Good’ and the 80 Greatest Quotes About Money from ’80s Movies

This week, moviegoers are being reintroduced to Gordon Gekko, the (hated? beloved?) villain of Oliver Stone’s 1987 film “Wall Street.” In the sequel, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” there are sure to be attempts at topping the brilliant, much-quoted lines of the original. In the trailer, Mr. Gekko (Michael Douglas) says, “Someone reminded me I once said, ‘Greed is good.’ Now it seems it’s legal.” Continue reading →

Published by Brad Tuttle – TIME partnered with CNN

‘Secretariat’ star Diane Lane is ‘a little fuzzy’ about ’80s relationship with Jon Bon Jovi

You can ask Diane Lane about her relationship with Jon Bon Jovi. Just don’t expect her to remember anything.

The thoroughly beautiful actress, who stars in the upcoming film “Secretariat,” says she’s “a little fuzzy” about recently published reports that her ’80s relationship with the Jersey rocker fell apart when Bon Jovi caught her frolicking with his guitarist Richie Sambora. Continue reading →

Published by Gatecrasher with Frank DiGiacomo via the New York Daily News

Got 80’s EE Bonds? Time to cash ’em in!

The Series EE U.S. savings bond turns 30 this year.

And any EE bonds issued in 1980 will stop earning interest this year — in the month they turn 30 to be exact.

If you own any such bonds, you can calculate their current value using a tool on TreasuryDirect.gov. You’ll need the bond series, denomination, serial number and issue date. Continue reading →

Published by Emily Glazer – Wall Street Journal

Brooke Shields Can Still Wear Her ’80s Calvins!

Brooke Shields says she can still fit into the Calvins she wore in the Eighties!

The model and actress, 45, managed to get herself into the iconic jeans that she wore at age 15 in the iconic ads.

“They didn’t look pretty,” she admitted, “but they fit. Continue reading →

Published by ShowbizSpy

‘Breakfast Club’ breaks down its dance moves on Good Morning America [GMA]

The cast explains how the famous dance moves came about, favorite lines in the movie Breakfast Club, favorite movie snacks & where they will be 25 years from now. Originally aired on 9/22/2010.

Video courtesy of ABC News.

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‘Getting the Pretty Back’ with ’80s “Teen Queen” Molly Ringwald

Best known for her roles in movies like Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club, Molly Ringwald has penned a new book titled Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family, and Finding the Perfect Lipstick.

In Getting the Pretty Back, Molly encourages every woman to become “the sexiest, funniest, smartest, best-dressed, and most confident woman that you can be.” She shares personal anecdotes and entertaining insights about the struggle to get through the murky milestones and identity issues that crop up long after the prom ends.

Whether she’s discussing sex and beauty, personal style, travel and entertaining, motherhood, or friendship, Molly embodies the spirit of being fabulous at every age, and reminds us all that prettiness is a state of mind.

80’s movie director John Hughes honored at Oscars

The Oscars took a moment for a tribute to the late John Hughes Sunday night. Hughes’ tribute was introduced by Matthew Broderick and Molly Ringwald.

The montage of great Hughes moments was followed by a handful of his most famous leading actors talking about the writing and directing legend.

On stage were actors and actresses who played roles in Hughe’s movies, some of which are considered members of the 80’s brat pack: Anthony Michael Hall, Macaulay Culkin, Jon Cryer, Ally Sheedy and Judd Nelson, and each told a Hughes anecdote. Hughes’ family was in the audience and stood to thunderous applause.

Ringwald told the audience that at 16, “Hughes saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself.” Broderick continued that a day doesn’t go by that someone doesn’t tap him on the shoulder and ask “Hey Ferris, is this your day off?”

The moving montage showed key sequences from comedies that Hughes had written and directed, including ‘Sixteen Candles,’ ‘The Breakfast Club,’ ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation,’ ‘Some Kind of Wonderful,’ ‘Pretty in Pink,’ ‘Home Alone‘ and ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles.’